Oakland General Attractions

Oakland General Attractions

Oakland cultural sites for black travelers are anchored by the African American Museum & Library of Oakland, MA’AT Science Village, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Dr. Huey Newton Foundation and Black Repertory Group.

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Jack London Square
DESCRIPTION: Oakland’s best known general attraction to tourists is always a pleasant visit with dozens of interesting merchants like Scott’s Seafood, California Canoe & Kayak, Dashe Wineries, Edible Arrangements, Il Pescatore, Kincaid’s Restaurant, Yoshi’s Jazz & Restaurant, a Cineplex, and ferry landing.
ADMISSION: only for theatres
DAYS & HOURS: Daily morning until late
ADDRESS: Broadway at Embarcadero MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: walking distance to Lake Merritt BART Station or 12th Street BART STation
PARKING: fee-based parking under Barnes & Noble
PHONE: 510-271-0640
WEBSITE: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com

Oaklandish
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 2000, Oaklandish is a hybrid artist loft-enterprise zone offering fresh apparel & custom goods that celebrate local love and original Oakland charm
ADMISSION: no charge, but your retail purchases support the artists
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 1444 Broadway, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: walking distance to Lake Merritt BART Station or 12th Street BART STation
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 510-451-2677
WEBSITE: http://www.oaklandish.org

City Center
DESCRIPTION: Combines modern skyscrapers, vintage buildings, gift shops and interesting boutiques in the core of the city; home to the architecturally stunning twin Ron Dellums Federal Buildings, State Office Building, a refurbished City Hall, and the always popular Frank Ogawa Plaza which features a grand Oak tree
ADMISSION: no
DAYS & HOURS: daily, but slow on Sundays
ADDRESS: Broadway and 14th Street, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: at 12th Street/City Center BART station
PARKING:
PHONE: 510-834-8282 garage
WEBSITE: http://www.oaklandcitycenter.com

Old Oakland
DESCRIPTION: This subdued four-block historic district of restored Victorian buildings reminds you of the city’s early days; its now home to shops, galleries, brew pubs and restaurants.
ADMISSION: no
DAYS & HOURS: daily, hours vary by establishment
ADDRESS: between 8th, 10th, Clay, and Washington Streets, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: walking distance to 12th Street BART Station
PARKING: paid lots nearby and on street
WEBSITE: http://oldoakland.org

Lakeshore District
DESCRIPTION: Adjacent to Lake Merritt, this is the heart of Oakland. This entertainment, shopping and dining area features a cornucopia of shops, cafes, nightclubs and one irreverent classic movie palace, the Grand Lake Theatre. Among nightclubs, the matchbox-tight jazz club is a must visit for fans on a budget.
ADMISSION: no
DAYS & HOURS: daily, hours vary by establishment
ADDRESS: between Grand Ave and Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA MAP
PARKING: on street and under I-580 Freeway
RAPID TRANSIT: none
WEBSITE: none

Lake Merritt
DESCRIPTION: this 122-acre saltwater lake is the largest in the United States and the Jewel of Oakland; the park includes a children’s theme park and bird habitat that features dozens of California species; many pedal boats, row boats, and sail boats can be rented here; most people jog, bike or sight-see around 3.5 miles of this Oakland treasure adjacent to downtown; at any given point in time you’ll see for walkers, joggers, bikers, rowers, sailors and windsurfers partaking in the fun and relaxation
ADDRESS: from Grand Ave enter at Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 19th Street BART Station
PHONE: Park 510-238-7275 and Sailboat House 510-238-6876
WEBSITE: http://www.lakemerritt.org

Gondola Servizio
DESCRIPTION: Lake Merritt features in romantic gondolas built by hand in Venice; private cruises come with a serenading gondolier
ADDRESS: 568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 19th Street BART Station
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 866-737-8494
WEBSITE: http://www.gondolaservizio.com

Dunsmuir House and Gardens
DESCRIPTION: With a 50-acre horticultural park bedecked with 37-room colonial revival estate built in 1899, this park is a feast for the eyes and a popular site for weddings and reunions. Special events include concerts, Christmas at Dunsmuir and occasionally, the KBLX Stone Soul Picnic.
DAYS & HOURS: February-October Tue-Fri 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA MAP
PHONE: 510-562-0328
WEBSITE: http://www.dunsmuir.org

Mormon Temple
Perched high in the Oakland Hills, you can miss this stunningly beautiful landmark when driving along I-580 Freeway. You don’t have to be a Mormon to visit.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 7a–9p
ADDRESS:4770 Lincoln Avenue, Piedmont, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PARKING: on site
PHONE: 510-531-3200
WEBSITE: http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/oakland/

Anna’s Jazz Island
DESCRIPTION: A Bay Area favorite, Anna’s features local Jazz musicians every night 8pm Happy Hour, 5p-7p with drink specials & Jazz movies. Its known for signature cocktails, beers, espresso drinks and international wine list.
ADMISSION: cover charge is added to the check after music begins
DAYS & HOURS: Sun & Tue-Thu 5p-12p, Fri-Sat 5p-1a
ADDRESS: 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Downtown Berkeley BART Station
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 510-841-JAZZ
WEBSITE: http://www.AnnasJazzIsland.com

Telegraph Avenue
DESCRIPTION: Like Greenwich Village, this “Made for walking” place has funky cutting-edge street vendors and liveliness; seems like an event or protest at nearby UC Berkeley goes on every weekend; the United nations amalgam of people, shops, crafts and artwork will keep you fascinated for hours
ADMISSION: no
DAYS & HOURS: daily
ADDRESS: Telegraph Avenue between Bancroft Way & Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: walking distance to BART to Downtown Berkeley Station
PARKING: on street
WEBSITE: none

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